What the safest thing is for a woman to do when her car breaks down on a remote road? Often our roads do not have cell coverage.
This question changed a bit when I asked what "remote" should be taken to mean. As posed originally, the question was meant to consider our less busy highways in B.C. but expanded to include truly remote areas such as logging roads or trails.
Let's deal with the simple case first, the less busy highways in our province.
From my point of view, the most important part is the planning:
The execution is simpler:
Traveling in truly remote areas where you are unlikely to encounter others places much more emphasis on self reliance:
If you travel these roads on a regular basis I would suggest getting yourself a FM radio with the frequencies used in your area and if they have repeaters that covers the road put those in also. You will have to get permission. I have never heard of a company refusing if you are putting the frequencies in for safety. Satellite phones normally work but you will find dead spots. You didn't say which area of the province you are traveling but there are areas that still have radio telephone coverage that you can connect to with the one FM radio.
It sounds like you know the roads but never trust GPS for anything other than main highways. As for Drivebc.ca and 511.alberta.ca for less traveled roads think of them as history papers.